Description

Environmental restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents. Environmental restoration begins with a thorough understanding of the soil-water environment. Students interested in Environmental Restoration Science must declare an option and can choose between either the Soil Science or Lake and Stream Restoration.
 

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.
 

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College
3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.
 

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology in the ecology and management option.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.
 

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

1

Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at www.ace.unl.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in environmental restoration science will be able to:

  1. Describe in detail, the chemical and biological process that act on a chemical once it is released into the soil-water environment.
  2. Identify the contributing factors that can lead to ground or surface water contamination and offer corrective actions to mitigate the situation.
  3. Use science-based principles to measure, describe, manage and improve soil-water environments.
  4. Competitively pursue employment as an environmental scientist or soil scientist with government agencies or private-sector firms.

Major Requirements

College Core Requirements

Natural Resources Core
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
NRES 220 / BIOS 220Principles of Ecology3
NRES 312 / GEOG 312Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences3
ENSC 220Introduction to Energy Systems3
SOIL 153 / AGRO 153 / HORT 153Soil Resources4
Select one capstone course (ACE 10) of the following:3
Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I
and Environmental Studies Senior Thesis II
Soil Environmental Chemistry
Water Quality Strategy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 19
Natural Sciences (ACE 4)
Select one CASNR approved Life Sciences sequence of the following:4
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
CHEM 109General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
Select one of the following:4-5
Elementary General Physics I
Elements of Physics
General Physics I
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences (ACE 4)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-17
Mathematics and Statistics
Select five credits of the following:5
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry 1
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Introduction to Statistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5
Communications
Select one Written Communication (ACE 1) course of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Select one Oral Communication (ACE 2) course of the following:3
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Visual Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Select one Communication and Interpersonal Skills elective of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Debate
Visual Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Introduction to Fiction Writing
Introduction to Poetry Writing
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Visual Communication and Presentation
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours64-65

Specific Major Requirements

Requirements
NREE 357 / AECN 357Natural Resource and Environmental Law3
NRES 279 / AGRO 279 / SOIL 279Soil Evaluation1
NRES 300 / BIOS 300 / ENTO 300Toxins in the Environment3
NRES 319Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling2
NRES 320Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling Laboratory1
NRES 453Hydrology3
NRES 459 / BIOS 459 / WATS 459Limnology4
WATS 281 / GEOG 281 / NRES 281Introduction to Water Science3
WATS 354 / MSYM 354 / SOIL 354Soil Conservation and Watershed Management3
WATS 361 / AGRO 361 / GEOL 361 / NRES 361 / SOIL 361Soils, Environment and Water Quality3
Select one of the following:3-4
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Environmental Geology
Dynamic Earth
Elements of Physical Geography
Credit Hours Subtotal: 29-30
Option Electives and Requirements
Complete requirements18-23
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18-23
Free Electives
Select 2-9 credits2-9
Credit Hours Subtotal: 2-9
Total Credit Hours49-62

Emphasis Area Requirements

Soil Science Option

This option provides students an understanding of soil as a natural resource and as a component of all terrestrial ecosystems. The student will learn how soils influence ecological processes which take place above and below ground. An understanding of these processes will enable the student to deal with environmental management problems such as groundwater protection, natural resource management, urban and rural development issues, waste management, and pollution abatement. Careers focus on environmental assessment, soil conservation, and remediation of soil contamination. Students interested in preparing for graduate work in soils can aim toward a variety of special areas including soil microbiology, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, and morphology.
 

Soil Science Option Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Soil Microbiology
Soil Physics
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to Ecological Engineering
Select two of the following:6
Soil Environmental Chemistry
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Principles of Soil Management
Urban Soil Properties and Management
NRES 477 / AGRO 477 / GEOG 467 / SOIL 477Great Plains Field Pedology4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Other Soil Science Option Electives
Select 5-10 credits of the following:5-10
Biological Systems Engineering Courses
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering 1
Chemistry Courses
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Civil Engineering Courses
Environmental Engineering Laboratory 1
Hazardous Waste Management and Treatment 1
Pollution Prevention: Principles and Practices 1
Solid Waste Management Engineering 1
Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes 1
Geology Courses
Groundwater Geology
Field Techniques in Hydrogeology
Natural Resource Courses
Soil Evaluation 2
Independent Research
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Soil Environmental Chemistry
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Independent Study
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Plant Pathology Courses
Biological Invaders
Biology of Fungi
Soil Courses
Principles of Soil Management
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 5-10
Total Credit Hours18-23
1

Engineering courses are recommended, however, because of prerequisites. Students wishing to enroll in these courses should first seek counsel from their advisor and then request permission from instructor.

2

This course can be taken more than once.

Lake and Stream Restoration Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in water quality, aquatic ecology, or limnology. The student will learn the important biotic, physical and chemical processes that occur within lakes and streams and be prepared to environmentally manage problems related to water quality. Students will also be prepared to implement pollution abatement procedures or management practices associated with lake and stream restoration. Careers focus on environmental assessment, water conservation, remediation of lakes and streams. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.
 

Lake & Stream Restoration Option Requirements
AGRO 131 / HORT 131
AGRO 132
Plant Science
and Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory
4
Select one seqence of the following:4
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
NRES 481 / BIOS 481 / WATS 481Stream and River Ecology4
NRES 470Lake and Reservoir Restoration3
or BSEN 355 Introduction to Ecological Engineering
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Other Lake & Stream Restoration Option Electives
Select 4-9 credits of the following:4-9
Biological Sciences Courses
Invertebrate Zoology
Ecological Interactions
Ecosystem Ecology
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Biological Systems Engineering Courses
Pollution Prevention: Principles and Practices 1
Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Engineering 1
Entomology Courses
Aquatic Insects
and Identification of Aquatic Insects
Chemistry Courses
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Natural Resources Courses
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Employment Seminar
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Chemistry of Natural Waters
and Chemistry of Natural Waters Laboratory
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Field Techniques in Remote Sensing
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Waterfowl Ecology and Management
Fisheries Science
Fisheries Biology
Wetlands
Water Quality Strategy
Water Resources Seminar
Ichthyology
Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences
Plant Pathology Courses
Biological Invaders
Biology of Fungi
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4-9
Total Credit Hours19-24
1

Because of prerequisites, students wishing to enroll in these courses should first seek counsel from their advisor and then request permission from instructor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Environmental Restoration Science Minor

Category 1 - Required Courses
NRES 281 / GEOG 281 / WATS 281Introduction to Water Science3
SOIL 153 / AGRO 153 / HORT 153Soil Resources4
SOIL 361 / AGRO 361 / GEOL 361 / NRES 361 / WATS 361Soils, Environment and Water Quality3
SOIL 477 / AGRO 477 / GEOG 467 / NRES 477Great Plains Field Pedology4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Category 2 - Advanced Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling
Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling Laboratory
Soil Environmental Chemistry
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Soil Microbiology
Soil Physics
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Water Quality Strategy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Category 3 - Related Courses
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to Ecological Engineering
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Hydrology
Limnology
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-4
Total Credit Hours23-24

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Technical Sales, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS - Powell WY
  • Integrated Water Management Planner, The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE
  • Soil Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service - Central City NE
  • Ecologist, Forrest Preserve Districtb - IL